Friday, September 14, 2007

New blankie


The recipient of this new crocheted blanket is outside at the moment, so I can only offer this empty-seeming photo. Yep, Mooky has a new blankie. A nice new machine-washable acrylic blankie. (Three balls of Red Heart Soft Touch in red, plus bits of thrifted acrylic for stripes. Finished size: 28 inches by 35 inches.)

I followed the Shell-Stitch Afghan tutorial on Anastacia Knits. It's very simple; all you need to know is sl, ch, and dc, and you can crochet this blanket. Plus it is made diagonally, so the rows are nice and short at the beginning, and then nice and short again at the end. Of all the people on Ravelry, Anastacia herself and I are the only ones who have used this pattern so far. I'd recommend it if you're considering an easy blankie. Here, have a closer look at the shell-stitch pattern:


Nice, right? I finished the blanket last night, laid it on the couch, and put Mooky on it; he started washing his face. I had to seriously lighten this photo, but look at that tongue! I love it.


As for the new Knitty, my favourite patterns are Tussie Mussie, Neiman, Muir, and Urchin, but I think the whole issue is good overall.

17 comments:

Andrea said...

I haven't crocheted in years but this blanket might get me back on the wagon :D Absolutely beautiful!

Ellen said...

Once again, Mooky is a lucky kitty.

Jodi said...

It turned out beautifully! Now that fall's just about here and there's a nip in the air, I'm ready to take up crochet again.

Lucky Mooky... he has more crocheted throws than I do!

Seanna Lea said...

I love how the colors look together in the blanket. Maybe someday I'll finish the kitty bed I started years ago. Not quite as nice as the crocheted throw, but better than the much abused kitty bed she uses now.

Maggie said...

This pattern is HUGE at my house. Or, should I say at my mom's house. It's her favourite. I've got a throw and matching couch-arm covers that my mom made me, and I love them.

My son has a cool camo-green variegated one for his bed, from my mom. My sister has almost finished a years-long one, in diagonal stripes, for a queen bed.

Anyway, it's such a great pattern! I'm going to learn it as soon as I finish my soft waves one.

eyeleen said...

That is an wonderful blanket, I love the shell pattern and the white stripes.

La Cabeza Grande said...

That's an awfully nice blanket for Mooky. Is the pattern worked on a diagonal?

Lunetta said...

That's one cool blanket but then again Mooky is one cool cat and definitely needs cool accessories...

Michelle said...

Nice blanket! I've bookmarked that tutorial but can't find the one on how to decrease in that pattern. I don't trust my crochet skills enough to make something up.

gleek said...

great blankie! i'm sure mooky will love it. i actually have a baby blanket that uses that pattern. i kept looking it at and wondering how it was done and now, knowing that it's done on the bias, i understand it!

Corvus said...

I appear to have Mooky-envy (though whether this means I lust for the blanket, a cat, or both I cannot decide). It's a lovely FO!

pamela wynne said...

So cute!! Both lucky Mooky and the blanket. :)

Paula said...

Mooky is one lucky cat. Great colour combo.
This style afghan pattern was very popular a few years ago when I learned to crochet.
I always wanted to make this Corner-to-Corner Afghan. http://web.archive.org/web/20041009192258/www.thesmartyarns.com/patterns/Nov00/cornertocorner.html

Here is a link to another Crocheted eco-friendly carryall
http://www.canadianliving.com/Crafts/knitcrochet/crocheted-eco-friendly-carryall-n237375p1.html

Jesse said...

Great work! It's beautiful.

Chris said...

Lucky Mooky to have such a lovely new blanket!

chez shoes said...

I love the blankie, and the color combo.

I also love Tussie Mussie, but I remain far too commitment-phobic to ever consider knitting a sweater :)

nicole said...

effing cool afghan, lady!
it's on my ravelry que now :D